I hiked Valley View Glades Natural Area Saturday evening from
5:15 to 9:05 p.m. The first COMMON NIGHTHAWK rose up about a
half hour before sunset, audible even at a great distance, and
the only bird in the sky of white, blue and purple. As I
watched the light fade, one each of WHIP-POOR-WILL and
CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW began singing exactly at the time of sunset,
8:21 p.m., then, after two minutes, promptly went quiet. But by
a few minutes before 9 they were going strong.
Along the trail I
ticked 33 species total, including 2 PRAIRIE WARBLER, 1
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, 1 KENTUCKY WARBLER, 4 OVENBIRD, 2 ACADIAN
FLYCATCHER, 7 SUMMER TANAGER and 1 RED-SHOULDERED HAWK.
FIELD SPARROWs were singing up to 23 minutes after sunset, then
abruptly stopped. 1 small BAT flew by. Fireflies came out as
well, down the glade below me, across the creek and up the other
side, flashing their yellow light.